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Winter 2015
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College Announces Computing and Digital Technologies Minor
The College of Arts and Letters will launch an interdisciplinary minor in Computing and Digital Technologies (CDT) starting in the fall of 2015. The CDT minor will offer a foundation for Arts and Letters students interested in all facets of technology—from technology consulting and cyber security to the digital arts and humanities. Read More >


Alumnus Alex Coccia Named Rhodes Scholar
Alex Coccia ’14, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford, where he will pursue a graduate program in comparative social policy. At Notre Dame, Coccia was a varsity fencer and Glynn Family Honors Scholar who majored in Africana studies and peace studies.  Read More >


Notre Dame Among Top Fulbright Producers
Ten University of Notre Dame students have been awarded Fulbright grants in the 2014-15 program, placing the University among the top-producing research institutions in the nation. Eight of Notre Dame’s 10 U.S. Fulbright students come from the College of Arts and Letters. Read More >


Video: The Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program
Since 2010, more than 200 Arts and Letters students have received in excess of $500,000 in grants from the Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program (ALSIP). The program supports students in both paid and unpaid internships in any industry or location around the world. Read More >


Professor John Sitter Receives 2014 Sheedy Award
John Sitter, the Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature, was awarded the 2014 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award—the highest teaching honor in the College of Arts and Letters. Read More >


Political Scientist Luis Fraga Joins Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies
Luis Ricardo Fraga, a heralded scholar and pioneer in the field of Latino politics, joined the faculty this fall as the Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership in the Institute of Latino Studies and a professor in the Department of Political Science.  Read More >


Film Projects Take Professor Around the World
Rome. Bangladesh. An abandoned island off the Irish coast. These are just a few of the locations where William Donaruma ’89 has traveled as a filmmaker and teaching professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre. Read More >


Video: Fighting for Those Touched by Cancer
One of out every three people receiving treatment for cancer also struggles with anxiety and clinical depression. Cancer survivors suffer from these conditions at twice the rate of the general population. Psychology Professor Tom Merluzzi is working to reduce that rate. Read More >



Political Science Student Interns with Supreme Court
As a judicial intern at the Supreme Court of the United States last summer, senior political science and Chinese major Veronica Guerrero got a behind-the-scenes look at one of the nation’s most influential institutions.  Read More >


Four Arts and Letters Graduate Students Earn NSF Fellowships
Eleven Notre Dame graduate students—including four from the University’s College of Arts and Letters—have been awarded graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the 2014-15 academic year. Read More >


Study Abroad Program Leads to Overseas Career for Arts and Letters Alumnus
When first asked if he would work on the Olympics, Chris Renner ’84 jumped at the chance. The opportunity allowed Renner, who majored in French and economics at Notre Dame, to combine his love of sports with his international business experience. Now based in Paris, Renner is CEO of Helios Partners, a worldwide sports marketing consulting agency. Read More >


Psychology Major Publishes Senior Thesis in Journal
For his senior thesis, Shane Kelly ’14 tested whether holding an object causes us to remember it differently than we would if we just looked at it. His research was impressive enough to earn publication in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Psychology. It also won Kelly the University’s Bernoulli Award and helped him get into the graduate program of his choice. Read More >



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Video: Fighting to Create Economic Opportunity

Video: Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Highlights

Two New Hires Specialize in Chinese History

Breaking New Ground in the Digital Humanities

Yasmin Solomonescu Wins National Humanities Center Fellowship

Video: Chinese Professor Shares Innovative Teaching Techniques

Medieval History Ph.D. Student Wins Rome Prize

Working with Latino Communities Leads to Fulfilling Career

New Work Explores Morality and Tradition in African Christian Theology

Economics Graduate Students Attend Nobel Laureate Meeting

Nicole Sganga: Going Global in Search of Stories

Creole, Quechua, and Catalan Courses Enhance Research, Service

Music Professors Play Pivotal Role in New Film

The Paradox of Generosity

Vantage Point Radio Program Debuts

In Memoriam: Theologian Rev. Richard P. McBrien


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